Sectors reported: Civic/Municipal/Federal, Commerce/Manufacturing, Education, Habitat, Medical, Sports, Transportation


The United Nations Annex Tower project involves the construction of a new 800,000 sf, 35-story office tower that will accommodate the U.N. secretariat during the renovation of its headquarters. Fox & Fowle Architects is designer for the $112 million project.

Renzo Piano has been hired for the Whitney Museum’s expansion, following the museums’ decision a year ago to jettison Rem Koolhaus’ $200 million plan. The announcement last month followed a six-month committee search.

HLM Design and Robert A.M. Stern Architects are designers for the new U.S. Federal District Courthouse in Richmond. The budget for the 336,000+ sf, two-story building is estimated at $70 million.

In Lubbock, Texas, a new $67 million jail is underway, to be designed by Rosser International of Atlanta.

Following the disruptive and expensive blackouts of 2001, California responded with plans to reduce demands on its power grid. Syska Hennessey is designing a $20 million, 10.4 megawatt cogeneration plant at the civic center in Santa Ana. The plant will save the county an estimated $1 million annually in electricity costs.

Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates is architect for the new Frisco City (Texas) City hall and Library. The 150,000 sf project carries an estimated $18 million budget.


IKEA comes to town: the former shipyards at Red Hook in Brooklyn will be home to the design on the cheap mecca. The $26-34 million store will include 346 million sf on a 22-acre site with parking for 1,400. Architect is Greenberg Farrow Architecture.

The Stryker Corporation is a specialty provider of surgical instruments, primarily for orthopedics. Its new $29 million, 450,000 sf addition/alteration to a manufacturing facility in Kalamazoo, Mich., will be designed by local firm Eckert/Wordell Architects.


Quite a few things happening at UNC-Chapel Hill: Perkins & Will and Michael Dennis & Associates are architects for the Arts Common ($51 million); Clark-Nexsen is designing five new residence halls on the south campus; and SOM is architect for an $180 million development at the Bell Tower.

Johns Hopkins University has a $50 million housing and bookstore project with Ayers Saint Gross as architect; another $50 million is earmarked for a loft and retail center, to be designed by Hord Coplan Macht; both firms are in Baltimore.

Utah State university is designing a new recital hall; Sasaki Associates, Inc. is designer for the 20,000 sf space in Logan, Utah.

California State’s Student Union is a $22 million, 100,000 sf project with Cannon Dworsky as architect. About half the project is expansion, including a ballroom, restaurant and office space; the remainder is a gut/remodel.

The University of Arizona has selected Jones Studio of Phoenix to renovate the interior of its architecture building, a $3 million project.

A new 30,000 sf primate research lab at the University of South Alabama (Mobile) will be designed by Hillier.

And further north, the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa) Law Center ($9.7 million) has KPS Group, Inc. of Birmingham as designer.

HOK is architect for the $42 million addition/alteration of Southern Illinois University’s Science building.

The Stephen Gaynor School on New York’s West 74th street includes a home for the Ballet Hispanico. The new 50,000 sf project will include a K-8 school, and rehearsal and performance spaces over 12 stories. Architect is Rogers Marvel Architects, also of New York City. The budget estimate is $20 million.


An interesting trend for Hyatt—the hotel chain has commissioned “Classic Residences,” a $65 million managed retirement community to be built in phases over 25 acres in Highlands Ranch, Colo. It includes 40 single-family homes or duplexes; a 50-bed nursing/assisted living facility; and a 210-unit “lodge.” Solomon Cordwell Buenz & Associates of Chicago is architect.

The $98 million Four Seasons Residences in Austin, Texas, is a 28-story, 129-unit condominium project with individual spaces ranging from 1,580 to 4,800 sf each. Gensler is architect.

Childs Bertman Tseckares, Inc., is architect for a five-story, 170,000 sf condominium project at Boston’s Pier Five. They expect to house 59 units and parking in the two-acre site. Landscape design by The Halvorson Design Partnership.

One Victory Tower/Commons is a 440,000 sf midrise condominium project in Dallas with 220 units, to be designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox. Architects include Boka Powell Architects and Gromatzky Dupree & Associates.

Astor Place Condominiums is a new 22-story project to rise between Lafayette Street and Fourth Avenue. The tower will be designed by Gwathmey Siegel & Associates.


HKS, Inc., is architect for Baptist Health South’s $80 million addition/alteration of its emergency department and a new bed tower in Miami.

UC-Davis has hired SmithGroup, Inc. to design a $15 million, 45,000 sf addition to its cancer center.

Zimmer Gunsul Frasca is architect for a planned addition at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

The new Orange City (Iowa) Hospital is a two-story, 128,000 sf, $28+million project to be designed by Hammel Green & Abrahamson.

The new Methodist Sugar Land Hospital (Texas) has Watkins, Hamilton Ross as designer.

The St. Anthony Hospital and Medical Office Building in Gig Harbor, Wash., is a 300,000 sf/two building endeavor with a $100 million budget, with Zimmer Gunsul Frasca as architect.

The $72 million Mercy Hospital replacement in Portland, Maine will be designed by Tsoi/Kobus & Associates.

The new Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, Colo., is a $220 million, 465,000 sf, six-story venture will HLM Design as architect for the 125-bed regional hospital.


A new AAA baseball stadium is planned in Reno, Nev., with HOK Sport+Venue+Event as architect for the 9,000-seat arena at the Sparks Marina site.

Alley Cat Stadium in Charleston, W.V., is a $23 million, 230,000 sf project to be built adjacent to an existing brick warehouse, with HNTB as architect.

The NAIA Museum/Hall of Fame is a 25,000 structure planned in Olathe, Kan. DLR Group is architect, with plans dependent upon a successful fundraising campaign.


Forty years after being converted to a bus line, New Orleans’ Canal streetcar line is running again. Parsons Brinckerhoff was architecture/engineering consultant for the $156 million project. Although the St. Charles line is the country’s oldest continuously operating streetcar line in the world, the Canal Streetcar line opened in 1861 and operated for 103 years before its conversion to buses.

The Monongahela Wharf Landing, a $1.3 million, 2,600-foot long promenade scheduled to open next spring, has Vollmer Associates LLP on board for the first phase of design development. Client is the Riverlife Task Force of Pittsburgh, Pa

URS has been awarded a three-year contract for construction management for Seattle’s downtown transit tunnel. The tunnel is part of a 14-mile central link, a new transportation corridor for 45,000 residents and 170,000 jobs located along the line. Plans will allow light rail service , and construction is due for completion in 2007.